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The European parliament's attack on the commission's culture of cronyism could be just the start of the fun

By Manneken Pis   February 1999

Where was Pauline?

Something is badly wrong with the mail service at the office of Pauline Green, Labour MEP and leader of the Socialist group in the European parliament. At a press lunch with 30 assembled Euro-journalists at the height of the political clash between parliament and commission, she denied “any contacts” with Tony Blair. She was then startled when a Guardian hack began citing chunks from Blair’s letter to her about the importance of keeping the Brussels show on the road for the sake of the enormous reform agenda. The missing letter from Blair turned up on Pauline’s desk…

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